want to bring home the point that avoiding gum disease altogether, or treating the condition at the earliest stage, is the best way to avoid receding gums.

Dental Causes of Gum Recession

Obviously, gum disease is one of the main reasons someone might have significantly receding gums. Neglecting your daily dental hygiene can allow plaque and tartar to buildup on your teeth. Tartar is the hardened form of plaque. Both biofilms are full of bacteria, but tartar requires a professional cleaning to be removed from your gumline safely. When you avoid your six month dental checkups, tartar buildup can become worse and worse. On the other end of the spectrum, over-aggressive oral hygiene can cause gum recession, so stick to the parameters of a balanced self-care routine. The general rule of thumb is brushing for two minutes, twice-a-day, and flossing daily.

Other Reasons for Gum Recession

Some people are simply born with a genetic predisposition for periodontal disease and gum recession. As we age, hormonal fluctuations can also be a problem. People who use tobacco products tend to have more plaque buildup and inflamed gingival tissues. If you are a teeth grinder, all of that clenching and force on your teeth can eventually cause gums to recede. We don’t recommend oral jewelry for the same reason. The constant friction of tongue and lip rings on gums can damage those tissues permanently.

Dental Checkups from Temecula General Dentists

Prevention of gum recession is possible. Just as with other dental issues, your best bet is diligent oral hygiene (brushing teeth and flossing regularly) and visiting your Temecula general dentists every six months for exams and dental cleanings. We provide comprehensive dental care for our patients of all ages. To reach our 92591 dental office, don’t hesitate to call (951) 695-2290 and schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Temecula and all surrounding communities.